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We right now have an open call for a PhD student:

If you are looking for a PhD position, and you are interested in Green Chemistry, Circular Economy and Chemical Recycling of Waste Polymer, please check out this opportunity:


The PhD position is related to a BMBF project with the target to bring the idea of using waste polymer as sustainable raw material within 10 years to a fully developed process in industry. BasCat's contribution is to identify the right catalyst for this task.


Initiative applications are always welcome. If you apply for a position as Postdoc or PhD student, please state clearly in which research groups you would like to work.

If you are interested to join the group „Synthesis and Surface Modification of Catalysts” you should be familiar with common synthesis techniques for heterogeneous catalysts, e.g. incipient wetness impregnation, wet impregnation, sol-gel chemistry, precipitation, or solvent combustion synthesis. You should also be open to learn new techniques that are less common, e.g. Atomic Layer Deposition on particles or the single source precursor approach. In addition, you will have the opportunity to gain new capabilities in the field of heterogeneous catalyst characterization, ex situ and in situ. You will work in an interdisciplinary team and come into direct contact with chemical engineers and data scientists.

If you are interested to join the group „Reactor and Process Analysis” you should have a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis, technical chemistry, or chemical engineering. Possible tasks include catalytic studies in transient single-tube reactors, parameter field studies in parallel reactors, or design and construction of new reactor set-ups. You will work in an interdisciplinary team and come into direct contact with scientists working on catalyst synthesis, catalyst characterization or data science.

If you are looking for a scholarship,
please check the website of Berlins Einstein Center for Catalysis (EC2): https://www.ec2-big-nse.de

BasCat is part of several project proposals of the actual call for scholars
(tarting in October 2022):

"Modeling of single and tandem reactions: from kinetic investigations to a general framework to understand catalytic systems", proposal 2

"New design-of-experiment strategies for efficient materials discovery in heterogeneous catalysis", proposal 10

"Synthesis of bifunctional heterogeneous catalysts based on metal-organic frameworks", proposal 12


Please send your application and the usual documents (in particular cover letter, CV, copy of the certificates of your Bachelor, Master, Diplom, or PhD, a summary of your thesis and a publication record) preferably by email in a single pdf file to .

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored.

Master Thesis, Bachelor Thesis, Forschungspraktikum

Students looking for an opportunity for their master thesis or bachelor thesis are  encouraged to apply with a short email including a cover letter and their QISPOS sheet to.

BasCat offers in MOSES the module #20766/1 as part of the master's course Chemie, the module is also available for students of Chemical Engineering:
Forschungspraktikum Angewandte Katalyse im BasCat – UniCat BASF JointLab

Student Workers, HiWis

BasCat is constantly employing several student workers, in Catalysis Lab and in Synthesis Lab, to support our scientists in their daily work. Please note that open positions are not announced individually, but rather in form of a constant call (Dauerausschreibung). If you are interested in a HiWi job at BasCat, please send us a short email including a cover letter and your QISPOS sheet to .



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